Tuesday, 23 September 2008

How not to do a panel...

I drew this top panel late at night... and was shocked at quite how bad it was... I knew it wasn't right when i drew it, but was tired and couldn't think how to fix it.

So I simplified it, and added the closeup...

Sometimes coming back to things the next day instead of slogging away at something is the best approach.

Right... back to work...

Ruf

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and the slightly improved version...

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4 comments:

Faz Choudhury said...

You're so right about looking at something with fresh eyes, it works for me - unfortunately after I've spent far too long faffing with something.

Lovely pencils, Rufus. The simplified version looks and works better than the original, the first is more impressive in terms of detail but the revised panel says all that needs to be said. It's hard to do away with something that you've worked on for a long time and start again, but you did and that says a lot!

Rufus Dayglo said...

Thanks Faz,

David Bishop told me when he was editor of 2000ad if he didn't like a piece of art, he'd leave it in the plan chest, and look at it the next week, as it gave him some distance..

While we can't always do that (I've got to draw 2 pages most days..), it's often with the great gift of hindsight we notice our mistakes...

LOL.. ah well.. thank goodness for Staedtler erasers..

Ruf

Faz Choudhury said...

2 pages a day! Flippin' 'eck, that's shamed my output to a whole other level! I've been working on a strip and I'm taking way too long on it. I'm going to get back to it and try to pick up the pace some.

With you on the erasers...

Rufus Dayglo said...

It's a date! ;-)